WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2017
The Rohingya, Anne Frank and Us: We humans have always had trouble dealing with The Others—that is to say, with perceptions of difference.
It seems to be part of our human wiring. It's happened down through the annals of time—and it's happening today.
We recommend this New York Times report about the "ethnic cleansing and loathing" directed at the Rohingya, and about local explanations of same.
That's occurring in Myanmar. In Italy, "Anne Frank’s diary will be read aloud at all soccer matches in Italy this week, the Italian soccer federation announced Tuesday, after shocking displays of anti-Semitism by fans of the Rome club Lazio."
So says this news report.
We'll guess that's unlikely to help. At any rate, the New York Times ran that report today under this hard-copy headline:
"We Are All Anne Frank"
(For an example of moral greatness, treat yourself to this videotape of Nelson Mandela saying that he and his comrades "identified" with Anne Frank when they read her book while in prison. Mandela, a powerful African man, drew inspiration from, and saw himself in, a 14-year-old European girl.)
We tend to respond to The Others with fear and loathing. In our minds, we're strongly inclined to invent The Other.
This seems to be part of our human makeup. Question:
Are we liberals inventing The Other in some of the things We do?